This is Logan and Juke. Logan is an 11-year-old boy who lives in Unalakleet Alaska and has autism. After a visit by musher DeeDee Jonrowe several years ago, he spoke one of his first words, "Miyagi" (the name of one of DeeDee's sled dogs). It became obvious how strong an impact dogs had on Logan, and the idea came up to get a service dog for Logan, a dog who could receive and give unconditional love and companionship. DeeDee organized a group of other mushers who tirelessly raised funds to get Logan a trained dog, from a group called 4 Paws for Ability in Ohio. Many people and companies pitched in, including Eagle Pack, a dog food company, and Northern Air Cargo, who flew Juke and the dog food to Unalakleet, which is many hundreds of miles from the nearest road.
When I was in Unalakleet, I had the good fortune to meet Juke the service dog, Logan, and his mother Donna walking down the street. Donna recounted to me how Juke has completely changed their lives.